• Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to Japan's prince

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — Britain's Prince William, on his second day of a four-day trip to Japan, had tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito. Both princes may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable. Members of the Japanese imperial family lead a highly...

  • This Week in the Civil War

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    This Week in The Civil War for Sunday, March 1: Lincoln's second inaugural address. Astride the momentum of a string of Northern battlefield victories, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in this week 150 years ago to a second term as U.S. president. Lincoln's second inauguration opened on a...

  • Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment Friday to Moscow as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive. But Moscow says the sum will cover only an additional day, leaving a...

  • Snow delays jury selection again in running-death trial

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Jury selection is being delayed a third day by snow in the capital murder trial of a woman accused of making her granddaughter run until she died. Some roads were still icy in northeast Alabama around Etowah County early Friday, and officials say Joyce Hardin...

  • 8 Spaniards arrested on suspicion of fighting in Ukraine

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    MADRID (AP) — Police on Friday arrested eight Spaniards suspected of fighting on the pro-Russian side in eastern Ukraine, the Interior Ministry said, describing it as the first operation of its kind in Europe. A ministry statement said the activities of the eight could constitute...

  • Vatican denounces leaks of documents on finance reforms

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican spokesman is condemning leaks of documents detailing power struggles inside the Holy See and the expenditures of Pope Francis' new finance czar. Italy's L'Expresso weekly published the cover story Friday detailing opposition to Cardinal George Pell's...

  • Officials: Afghan army pushes Taliban from south district

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An American general and a senior Afghan police officer say the Afghan military has pushed the Taliban from a key district in a southern province. It was the first solo Afghan operation since international combat troops left at the end of last year. U.S. Maj....

  • Soviet army monument banned from returning to Warsaw square

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw city councilors have banned a 1945 monument of Polish-Soviet World War II brotherhood in arms from being returned to its place in a city square. The move, a reversal of their own previous decision, comes as ties between Warsaw and Moscow are strained over...

  • Accident in France: Corpse found in snow-clearing machine

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — French police say the corpse of a young woman was found inside a machine that scoops and sucks up snow at a ski resort in the Pyrenees. The circumstances of the accident are unclear. The identity of the woman was not released. Officials with the gendarme services and the...

  • Serbian court mulls quashing conviction of WWII general

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Belgrade court considered Friday quashing the treason conviction against Gen. Draza Mihailovic for his collaboration with Nazis during World War II, which would politically rehabilitate the controversial Serbian guerrilla commander almost 70 years after he was...

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